Minutes of March 29, 2006 Meeting
The meeting convened at 10:33 a.m. in room 817, Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Diana Browning, Stephen Carr, Jerome
Cochran, Richard Colwell, David DeJong, Christine Dollaghan, Irene Frieze,
Susan Kinsey, Patricia Kroboth, Ronald Larsen, James Maher, Angela Peskie,
Arthur Ramicone, Susan Sereika, Stephen Wisniewski, and Thomas Wolf. Also
present were: Jeffrey Liebmann.
UPBC members not present were: James Alexander, Livingston
Alexander, Shirley Cassing, Carol Hodgkiss, Rakshiet Jain, Arthur Levine,
Maureen McClure, Joseph Pasqualichio, and Michael Stuckart.
Presentation of Health Insurance Rate Review
Cochran presented the proposed health insurance rate schedule for
FY 2007. He explained that the proposal incorporates two major changes,
including a one-time $100 co-pay per hospital admission, and the
elimination of the specialist referral (with the co-pay set at $20 for all
specialist visits). The proposed changes to the plan result in total
savings to the University and employees of $525,000. Maintaining the
existing split of premiums between employees and the University, the total
increase in costs for FY 2007 is estimated at $4.6 million for the
University and $1.44 million for employees.
Cochran distributed a chart of proposed costs by plan and type of
coverage. Premium increases range from 6.8% to 8.3% and result in monthly
premium increases of $3 to $19. Colwell expressed concern that the
proposed $100 co-pay per hospital admission was contrary to developing a
philosophy of wellness. Members discussed plans for future
fitness/wellness programming and efforts to help employees make more
appropriate use of medications. Additional discussion centered around the
University's reserve against a potential spike in usage. Ramicone
indicated that the current reserve is adequate and that no additional
contribution was needed in FY 2007.
Kroboth moved to accept the proposed medical insurance rate
increases for FY 2007. Dollaghan seconded. The motion was approved
The meeting adjourned at 11:05 a.m.